Written By Treve Ring Fortified Wine / Libations Sep 18, 2009 Quails’ Gate Family Estate Winery Tawny NV SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestOkanagan Valley, BC $30.00 for 375mlwww.quailsgate.comI had a great tasting at Quails’ Gate recently – and it was hard to select which wine to profile in DRINK. There’s the floral-meets-green apple crisp Chenin Blanc 2008 (the 2007 vintage was the only white wine served to Obama during his Ottawa visit earlier this year), and the Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2007 (an incredibly smooth, refined and earthily elegant wine).Well, this little fortified beauty was 8 years in the making, only 800 cases were released last year, and the next time the cycle comes around won’t be for another few years. So that’s reason enough! Call to action – try now!Plus the fact that this very unusual wine has stuck in my mind for over a week – and has me kicking myself for not picking up a bottle for my cellar. Started in 2000, this 100% Gamay Noir was fortified with spirit and carefully cellar aged in French oak for 60-84 months. Pointed aromas of orange oil, rancio and aged cedar lead to silky and rich butterscotch, honeyed citrus, candied fruit and herbs. Nice acid throughout, with medium sweetness (I’d guess 5 on the sweetness scale) and light tannins. This wine will continue to gain complexity over the next few years and would be delightful with roasted nuts and dried Okanagan fruit. And if you don’t buy some soon – don’t say I didn’t warn you.Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean)Fortified WineOkanagan SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Fortified Wine April 28, 2017 Madeira: intense, indestructible… and overlooked What comes to mind when you hear “Madeira wine “? If anything, it’s likely to be a dusty bottle sitting alongside the Marsala, balsamic vinegar ... Read More Dessert Wines / Fortified Wine / Red Wine / Rosé / Sparkling Wine / White Wine February 4, 2013 Westside Wine Trails – Sip With Your Sweetheart Event The Westside Wine Trail wineries return for their annual Sip with Your Sweetheart Event in celebration of Valentine’s Day. All nine wineries of ... Read More Food Pairings / Fortified Wine December 7, 2012 Wines of Worth: Sherry + Food I was thinking about this week’s topic, as I so often do, over a late night drink. In my glass? Palo Cortado Sherry. On my plate? Salty Grana ... Read More Fortified Wine February 21, 2012 Bodegas Hidalgo Manzanilla La Gitana I love sherry. Ancient, lengthy, site-specific, traditional, rare, haunting, lingering, unique. What’s not to like? People complain that it’s too ... Read More Fortified Wine February 9, 2011 Gonzales Byass Noe Pedro Ximénez, VORS Pedro Ximénez , or PX as it’s affectionately called, epitomizes the adage that a little goes a long way. Made from a white grape with the same ... Read More Fortified Wine December 19, 2010 Carlo Pellegrino Passito de Pantelleria A pretty common holiday scenario: friends over for dinner, perhaps impromptu, you’re all indulging in the merriment of the season, you want to ... Read More Comments are closed.